The Roman Temple of Augustus

Tucked away inside a medieval building in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, there stand four, nine metre high Corinthian columns that are nearly as old as the city itself.

The remains of a Roman Temple in Barcelona's Gothic Quarter
Columns of the Temple of Augustus

The Roman Temple of Augustus dates back to the first century BC and was part of the Forum at the centre of the Roman city of Barcino.

During the Middle Ages, the remains of the Temple of Augustus were slowly incorporated into the medieval buildings that were built on the site after the Roman Forum was torn down.

In the early part of the 20th century, the Gothic building located at number 10 Carrer del Paradís was purchased by the Hiking Club of Catalonia (Centre Excursionista de Catalunya). They then hired Catalan architect Lluís Domènech to restore the columns and build a courtyard where they could be displayed to the public.

Interestingly, one of the four columns that can be seen today was relocated from Plaça del Reí, where it had been standing since 1879 until 1956.

The remains of the Temple of Augustus in Barcelona's Gothic Quarter
The remains of the Temple of Augustus

Location:

Carrer del Paradís, 10, Barcelona

How to get there:

The nearest metro stop is Jaume I on the green line (L4).
Bus routes: 17, 19, 40 and 45

Opening hours:

Monday10:00 – 14:00
Tuesday – Saturday10:00 – 19:00
Sunday10:00 – 20:00
Public holidays*10:00 – 14:00


*Jan 1st, May 1st, June 24th and December 25th CLOSED

Entry Fee:

Free

Information in English?

Yes

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